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May 03, 2016

Using a chemical crowbar – actually, a solvent – made from the very organic matter it deconstructs, a University of Wisconsin—Madison spinoff business is advancing an audacious effort to convert biomass into three profitable streams of industrial chemicals.

Adrian Couet

May 02, 2016

For Adrien Couet, one of the most important long-term questions in nuclear engineering is how we can design materials for nuclear reactors and power plants that will be able to withstand the demanding pressures of an aggressive environment.

synthesis

April 26, 2016

Silatronix, a University of Wisconsin—Madison startup that has invented a safer electrolyte for the lithium-ion batteries used in phones, laptops and tablets, says its formulation has survived several years of evaluation and is now moving into pilot production at a major Japanese battery manufacturer.

Flexible Transistors

April 20, 2016

Working in collaboration with colleagues around the country, University of Wisconsin—Madison engineers have pioneered a unique method that could allow manufacturers to easily and cheaply fabricate high-performance transistors with wireless capabilities on huge rolls of flexible plastic.

April 19, 2016

Fourteen highly innovative research projects have been chosen for the first round of funding by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education for the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative.

April 19, 2016

Two UW-Madison Ph.D. students in engineering mechanics and astronautics think they’ve come up with a great idea to bring electricity to the homes of people in Africa. And judges at a nationwide competition apparently agree.

April 18, 2016

Less than a week after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill lifting Wisconsin’s decades long moratorium on new nuclear power plants, a group of the nation’s top nuclear fuel scientists descended on UW-Madison to discuss advanced technologies that they hope will contribute to a clean energy future.

April 15, 2016

Next-generation advanced nuclear reactors promise to compete economically with natural gas. These advanced reactor technologies are safer and more efficient than the conventional light water reactors operating today.

However, for advanced nuclear reactors to make an impact on cutting carbon emissions fast enough to stem climate change, the advanced nuclear sector and government need to work together to develop and deploy the next generation of reactors at a more rapid pace, according to University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Physics Assistant Professor Raluca Scarlat.

April 14, 2016

On Tuesday, NovoMoto – an innovative start-up co-founded by two University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate students in engineering – won $90,000 in the Clean Energy Trust Challenge, a start-up contest billed as the “largest single-day clean energy pitch competition in the nation.”

DC Winners

April 13, 2016

MADISON, Wis. – Smarter biofuel production, an algorithm to make life easier for novice programmers and a technique for imaging aging brains have won Discovery Challenge Awards from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

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